Raizner Slania filed a head injury lawsuit against the Conference USA (C-USA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on behalf of a former East Carolina University football player. The former college athlete believes the C-USA and the NCAA recklessly endangered his wellbeing and failed to protect him from the long-term consequences of repeated concussions sustained during play.
The plaintiff played college football for the university as an offensive lineman, primarily playing as a center and guard, from 2000 to 2004. He remembers suffering from a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits during games and practices. These hits were so severe they caused him to “see stars” and experience vision so blurry it caused him to become disoriented. Additionally, these hits caused him to suffer from headaches during practices and games that would last long after play.
Since the inception of East Carolina’s football program through at least 2010, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student-athletes during practices and in games. As a result, every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, the NCAA and the C-USA deprived him of the medical attention needed to manage, monitor, and mitigate the effects of concussions.
As a result of his time playing college football for the university, the plaintiff now suffers from headaches, memory loss, mood swings, and other debilitating issues.
Unfortunately for the plaintiff and thousands of other college athletes, the effects of concussions sustained playing football can take years to manifest. Concussions cause permanent damage to brain cells, and can cause degenerative conditions over time. The NCAA and the C-USA had a responsibility to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their student-athletes, but instead they put profits ahead of players when it came to concussion management.
NCAA Head Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing for an NCAA regulated team, you may be able to file a claim. Call the NCAA head injury attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn your legal options. Consultations are free and confidential.